…begins with a single step. In June, this pedometer geek added 119 miles to the total of the goal of a thousand miles. Since ahead of last year’s goal of walking a thousand miles, this pedometer geek/urban hiker plans on finishing up sometime in August this year. With only 260 miles remaining as of the first of July, it is more than possible, leaving open the possibility of adding an additional 500 miles or so before the year’s end.
June’s pedometer counts were better with a total of 306,111 steps logged. Of these, 51,530 steps were considered aerobic (at least ten minutes of continuous movement). Although the overall average of at least 10,000 steps a day was achieved, only 17 days was the daily goal of at least 10,000 steps met.
As an aside, the goal set for Healthcode.org’s Triathlon in a Month was met (see previous blog posts), and with more than a week to go, this pedometer geek hopes to complete another 35 miles for a total of 135 miles.
During the month this pedometer geek reader completed eight books, one of which was nonfiction. The rest can be sorted into various genres including romance and suspense. Half of the authors were new to this reader, and half of the books were read in an e-book format.
The bookcrossing.com challenges had dismal results. The yearlong pages-read challenge brought the total to 16,062 pages of the 40,000 page goal. The quarterly Set-it-yourself (SIY) ended with another failure as all the books chosen for the challenge were not completed during the quarter. The reality of completing only 8 out of 13 books is sobering for this reader, and it has this reader vowing to make one more attempt at this challenge before calling it quits. During this quarter from the beginning of April through the end of June, however, 32 books were read during the three months, but that only proves it is not a lack of reading–just not reading the chosen books.
In June, the following books were read:
Accused by Lisa Scottoline *
Exposure: A Love Story by Tracy Ewens
Come Sundown by Nora Roberts *
Caravel by Stephanie Garber
Ladies Night by Mary Kay Andrews *
The Beauty Bride by Claire Delacroix
The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz
A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home by Sue Halpern
The month’s selections were diverse even among those of the same genre. Nora Roberts’ Come Sundown was reviewed extensively on my review site, www.pedometergeek.wordpress.com. The other books will be briefly described here.
Accused by Lisa Scottoline is a thriller about a young girl hiring a pair of lawyers to overturn the conviction of the man accused of killing her older sister.
Tracy Ewens’ Exposed: A Love Story is a contemporary romance. This is the part of a series, but can be read as a standalone. This was not the first of hers that I have read, and it won’t be the last. Her blog is worth reading as well.
Caravel is a YA fantasy novel about two young women who escape their island home and their abusive father to participate in a bizarre game.
Mary Kay Andrews’ Ladies Night is mainstream fiction about a soon-to-be divorced woman blogger who is required to be in a Divorce Recovery group along with a few other people dealing with divorce issues. While it might sound like a downer, there is humor and uplifting moments throughout.
The Beauty Bride is a historical romance between a young woman who is auctioned off by her brother to the highest bidder, a stranger. She has no intention of marrying the man and escapes, but can he convince her otherwise? In this reader’s opinion, the title was lame.
Tiffany Reisz is branching out from her normal genre of erotic fiction in The Lucky Ones, a gothic tale of a group of foster children adopted by a philanthropic doctor. The young woman, who left the family years earlier returns when he is dying, brings the past into the present. Now grown, the children confront their past.
The only nonfiction book is Sue Halpern’s stories of her dog Pransky’s work as a therapy dog in a nursing home and the life lessons Sue herself learned as she got to know some of the elderly patients who lived there.
That’s it for June’s reads for this pedometer geek; suggestions always welcomed.
* SIY books